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My 3 & 1/2 year old Wheaton Terrier is a pronounced limp in

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My 3 & 1/2 year old Wheaton Terrier is a pronounced limp in his right front Paw. I have taken him to the humane society and they put him on
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?
Customer: Sorry, I hit send by mistake. We live in Boulder Colorado and cavorting to the Humane society it isn't lime diseases
JA: What is the terrier's name?
Customer: Lucca. This format is not conducive to long explanations. His vet has him on Rimadyl. At first it helped but he is still limping. Can Lucca have arthritis at such a young age?
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Lucca?
Customer: No he loves to jump and I thought he may have sprained his right paw. This has gone on for almost a year. He has been exposed to ticks.
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with Lucca. To answer you directly, yes, arthritis can arise at any age but if I saw it at Lucca's young age I would expect to find an underlying instability in a joint which was either congenital (present at birth) or arose secondary to trauma and now a degenerative arthritis exists. A simple sprain isn't likely if he's been lame for almost a year. Lucca needs his entire right leg carefully palpated (felt) to see where he's most painful. Once the pain is located, X-rays of that area are essential to better understand why he's painful and how he might be helped. If he's not responding to a nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID) such as carprofen (Rimadyl), he may require a stronger analgesic or even surgery to correct a soft tissue, bony, or joint problem.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.

Please note, too, that pain can arise from his cervical (neck) spine as well and radiate down into his limb. This is called a dorsal root signature sign similar to the pain of sciatica in a hind limb.